Spidey Artist a Superhero to Sick Niece

After more than 51 hours, Spider-Man comic-book artist John Romita Jr. sketched his way into The Guinness Book of World Records yesterday, raising more than $20,000 for his cancer-stricken niece.

Romita, who set the record for "The Longest Consecutive Appearance/Signing by an Artist," said afterward that "setting the record was minor. Helping that little girl was what was important." 

Romita's niece, Jordan Atherton, 2, was diagnosed last year with a cancer that attacks the brain. 

Via Web video, Jordan was able to watch and chat with her Spidey-sketching uncle from her San Diego hospital room. 

Pictures sold for $25 each at the Times Square sketch-athon, and fans dished out thousands of dollars for them and signed copies of Spider-Man comic books. 

Meanwhile, Spider-Man star Tobey Maguire, who said his life changed with the opening of the blockbuster movie, bought a $3.7 million house in Beverly Hills, The L.A. Times reported.

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